Problem: Which of the following transitions represent  absorption of a photon with the  highest frequency? n = 3 to n = 1n = 2 to n = 4n = 1 to n = 2n = 6 to n = 3n = 1 to n = 3 

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We’re being asked to determine which of the given transitions represent the absorption of a photon with the highest frequency.


In absorptionan electron gains energy and becomes excited. In this excited state, the electron moves to a higher energy level

lower energy level → higher energy level


In emission, the electron releases its excess energy to go down to a lower energy level.

higher energy level → lower energy level



The diagram below shows how much energy is required when an electron goes from 1 shell to another.


Distance = Energy

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Which of the following transitions represent  absorption of a photon with the  highest frequency? 

  1. n = 3 to n = 1
  2. n = 2 to n = 4
  3. n = 1 to n = 2
  4. n = 6 to n = 3
  5. n = 1 to n = 3 

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